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20 deviants said Cap Stone. We still love you Liam!
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7 deviants said Milk for the Ugly. Too awesome! And scary. Plus - goat. Goats are cool. And a bit creepy.
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6 deviants said Other. As always, your choices stink Sharpy. Where's Star Trek? Hellboy? Come on!!!!
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5 deviants said Sherlock Holmes. It's Sherlock Holmes for heaven's sake! And it's Bill Sienkiewicz!!! Come on!!!
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4 deviants said MONO. It's a monkey. And it's a man. It's a monkey-man!
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3 deviants said MLP - because cute ponies. That move!!!
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3 deviants said Treatment. Damn, that's some hardcore shizzle! And - Dave Gibbons! Duh!
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3 deviants said Briar Rose. And Rapunzel. That stuff rocks - in a girl but cool way. I'm not affraid to say it!
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1 deviant said War in Heaven. Oh man - that stuff is so incredibly EPIC!!!! And scary!!!! Amazing bro.
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Colour me naive.
Colour me an idealist pinko liberal.
Colour me a romantic arty-farty fantasist.
Colour me a hippy pacifist fence-sitter.

Most of my friends are heading for, or past, the big five O.
There's increasingly less time for bullshit.

To my eyes, my mind, my experience
- as an intermittently successful artist and writer, boutique publisher, digital pioneer for storytellers, dreamer (in the most iconoclast way), pessimistic optimist, father of three, husband, failure and champion -
it's all bullshit.

Nothing matters, beyond those we love and who love us
- at least not in any personally meaningful way.

The nature of civilization is to be in perpetual crisis
- and I fear we're in the thick of a bigger existential crisis than we, as a species, are prepared to acknowledge.
We feed on fear and triviality, and are in thrall of our baser instincts
- to duck, to hide, to run.
It's left to those without empathy to guide us.
Those without fear.
Those that will stand on the backs of all humanity to survey their temporary kingdoms, as if it had any worth.

No matter your belief, or lack of;
no matter your own particular chosen apocalypse,
the point is
- we all have one.

There's something very telling in that!

Even if your particular 'end' is some vapid white subjugated eternity of imagined peace,
or a bevy of (presumably willing) virgins
- though the misogynistic fantasy of that seems like a hell of some kind for at least some of the participants -
or oblivion...
Whatever your view, the point is:

it all ends.

We avoid that thought.

It ends, and the world
- this planet -
ends.

We either do it ourselves,
or nature,
or if you really insist,
God ends this planet one day soon,
or not so soon.
It really doesn't matter which.

The point is there's no escaping it,
any more than the fact of our own deaths.

We are all people.
Children of this universe, products of this tiny, fragile earth.

What kind of monsters are we?

I will howl this to my dying days!

We are ALL responsible for human life.
We are all part of the quandary.
We can decide,
as a species,
that the lessons of history are valid.

But we won't.

Over 2000 years ago we knew that history repeated itself,
and we wrote it down so we might learn from that.
But we did not, nor will ever, listen.

I'm perpetually angry at our near-sightedness.
Our consumerist, selfish, Money-grubbing bullshit nothing lives.

Love becomes a luxury.
Charity is for sale.

We cannot see far enough.

Our pseudo-empathy extends to a witheringly fragile community of like-minded sailors adrift in a sea of information and misdirection.
There are no stark realities, it's all true and all lies.

If we just let it happen
- because, y' know, there's fuck-all we can really do -
then we deserve our inevitable hellish oblivion, whatever form it takes.

The crush of time will obliterate us regardless.
We don't have to work at it.
Hate or No hate, it will all end.

So WHY the FUCK are we still brutalizing each other?
Why are we so full of enmity?
We are one race on a beautiful spectrum.
We are one species.

We are living on one thinly-crusted ball of magma hurtling through space.

We have only one home.
We have this one shot at life, as a people.

When we are all gone there will be nobody to remember us.

So yes - colour me whatever you like, but I will never understand our inability to see beyond the want/need, petty, selfish and ultimately destructive nature of these cultures we enable to thrive, and to 'lead' us.

I fear for my children.
I fear for humanity.

We should be better than this.

We should be wiser.

Other than that - life is pretty good.

It's funny -

I would have thought that there was an implicit difference between ideals, ethos, the things we reach and hope for, and what we actually expect out of life.
I notice that there's often a derisive snort when I simplify my own leanings - as though my views are considered quaint, idealistic and entirely delusional.

For me, reaching for something means you have to set an impossible goal.
You know it will never be reached, and you know that there are many shades of grey, but still - it's about the best of you, the best of humanity, that utopian ideal that itself is a flawed model.

A gun-free America will never happen, and I'm perfectly well aware there are circumstances in which I would be advised to own one - though I hope those circumstances never arise!
(In my 46 years on Earth they haven't so far.)

Regardless, I think it's a good ideal, to dream of a country - or world - in which guns are for hunting for food only, and people don't feel they are necessary for personal protection.

I know that the mind doesn't always follow the heart.
That money drives the world more profoundly than charity and ideology.
I know this.
But I think that the balance is needed to keep us on track, if we are to have a future at all.

I have friends with profoundly differing views to my own, but somewhere in the middle we connect.

I do not scoff at more conservative views than my own, because I understand them.
I get how people arrive there.
But I do believe we should not cast ourselves in stone, and we should always remain open-minded.


Just my views - you are not obliged to share them! :-)
Pretty full-on few weeks!

New York comic con...

San Diego Comic Festival...

Then early start last Saturday am when I flew to LA to attend Stan Lee's Comikaze event...

On the flight the guy sitting in the isle seat next to Ben started reading Previews.
When we asked him if he was going to Comikaze (he wasn't) we said who we were and he turned out to be a fan of mine - his face was an absolute picture.

Meeting with Stan Lee in the green room for lunchtime photo opp to accompany the news that we're doing some work with the living legend was fantastic!

Later that day I was on 'the Death of Superman Lives' panel - which I did some concept art for - with Jon Schnepp and Holly Payne, introduced by Kevin Smith in a packed hall. Excellent fun!

The whole show was memorable for me in that it seemed like there was more people than usual - by quite an amount - who knew me, and my work.
Very humbling, and always unexpected.

Monday brought more big news, with Madefire going on the google TV.
Then I was in the deviantART offices for a meeting - Clive Barker's Books of Blood, illustrated by Sam Shearon, had hit 52,000 views, and going strong!

Yesterday morning I heard Madefire was been featured in a Windows TV ad.
Then, more deviantART goodness, and home.

So much to do, and never enough time!

Hoping I can find a moment for some more informative journals very soon!

Onwards!
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SHERLOCK021colour3-Train by LiamSharp
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One of my favourite images from working with Bill Sienkiewicz on Sherlock Holmes: The Greek Interpreter....
Sherlock Holmes - The Greek Interpreter Episode 1 by MadefireStudios Sherlock Holmes: The Greek Interpreter - Episode 2 by MadefireStudios Sherlock Holmes: The Greek Interpreter - Episode 3 by MadefireStudios
 Bill changed everything for me in comics several times over. First with Moon Knight, specifically the Hit It story. Then with Electra: Assassin. And again with Stray Toasters, which he also wrote with incredible energy and a thrashy beat elan. To work with the man was the highest of honours, and a genuine education. Thrilling times. He remains the biggest influence on my work for Captain Stone. Thanks Bill! You rock!
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Liam Sharp
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Liam Sharp is the co-founder and CCO of Madefire, as well as an artist, writer and publisher. www.madefire.com

He made his debut in the late 1980s drawing Judge Dredd for 2000ad. He later moved to Marvel UK, where he drew the best-selling Marvel UK title ever, Death's Head II. Thereafter he began working mainly in the United States on books as diverse as the X-Men, the Hulk, Spider-Man, Venom, Man-Thing (for Marvel Comics), Superman, Batman, and The Possessed (for DC Comics and Wildstorm), Spawn: The Dark Ages (for Todd McFarlane and Image) and Red Sonja for Dynamite comics.
Liam has also worked on more mature themed books for Verotik, drawing Frank Frazetta's The Death Dealer, and a strip originated by Stan Winston called Realm of the Claw.

In 2004 Liam established MamTor™ Publishing with wife Christina. This saw the launch of the critically acclaimed and award-winning anthology Event Horizon, and the prestigious collaboration with Mother (London) Advertising, Four Feet From a Rat, which appeared as a quarterly comic in Time Out magazine. This led to work on three major advertising campaigns for the Coca-Cola Company, art and design work for Strange Beast, Passion Pictures, Knuckleheads, Shots magazine and Red Arrow Entertainment amongst others.

Liam also worked on designs for the movies Lost in Space, Small Soldiers and the animated series Batman Beyond.

More recent work includes co-creating the controversial DC/Vertigo title Testament with best-selling novelist and media commentator Douglas Rushkoff, the comic adaptation of the seminal XBox game Gears of War for Wildstorm, and the graphic novella Aliens: Fast Track to Heaven for Dark Horse.

Liam's critically acclaimed first novel GOD KILLERS: MACHIVARIUS POINT & OTHER TALES was published in 2008 with a second edition in 2009.

For Madefire he is currently working on an epic personal project that he is co-writing with wife Christina McCormack called Captain Stone is Missing... as well as writing MONO, and co-producing art with Bill Sienkiewicz for a series of Sherlock Holmes stories.
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Colour me naive.
Colour me an idealist pinko liberal.
Colour me a romantic arty-farty fantasist.
Colour me a hippy pacifist fence-sitter.

Most of my friends are heading for, or past, the big five O.
There's increasingly less time for bullshit.

To my eyes, my mind, my experience
- as an intermittently successful artist and writer, boutique publisher, digital pioneer for storytellers, dreamer (in the most iconoclast way), pessimistic optimist, father of three, husband, failure and champion -
it's all bullshit.

Nothing matters, beyond those we love and who love us
- at least not in any personally meaningful way.

The nature of civilization is to be in perpetual crisis
- and I fear we're in the thick of a bigger existential crisis than we, as a species, are prepared to acknowledge.
We feed on fear and triviality, and are in thrall of our baser instincts
- to duck, to hide, to run.
It's left to those without empathy to guide us.
Those without fear.
Those that will stand on the backs of all humanity to survey their temporary kingdoms, as if it had any worth.

No matter your belief, or lack of;
no matter your own particular chosen apocalypse,
the point is
- we all have one.

There's something very telling in that!

Even if your particular 'end' is some vapid white subjugated eternity of imagined peace,
or a bevy of (presumably willing) virgins
- though the misogynistic fantasy of that seems like a hell of some kind for at least some of the participants -
or oblivion...
Whatever your view, the point is:

it all ends.

We avoid that thought.

It ends, and the world
- this planet -
ends.

We either do it ourselves,
or nature,
or if you really insist,
God ends this planet one day soon,
or not so soon.
It really doesn't matter which.

The point is there's no escaping it,
any more than the fact of our own deaths.

We are all people.
Children of this universe, products of this tiny, fragile earth.

What kind of monsters are we?

I will howl this to my dying days!

We are ALL responsible for human life.
We are all part of the quandary.
We can decide,
as a species,
that the lessons of history are valid.

But we won't.

Over 2000 years ago we knew that history repeated itself,
and we wrote it down so we might learn from that.
But we did not, nor will ever, listen.

I'm perpetually angry at our near-sightedness.
Our consumerist, selfish, Money-grubbing bullshit nothing lives.

Love becomes a luxury.
Charity is for sale.

We cannot see far enough.

Our pseudo-empathy extends to a witheringly fragile community of like-minded sailors adrift in a sea of information and misdirection.
There are no stark realities, it's all true and all lies.

If we just let it happen
- because, y' know, there's fuck-all we can really do -
then we deserve our inevitable hellish oblivion, whatever form it takes.

The crush of time will obliterate us regardless.
We don't have to work at it.
Hate or No hate, it will all end.

So WHY the FUCK are we still brutalizing each other?
Why are we so full of enmity?
We are one race on a beautiful spectrum.
We are one species.

We are living on one thinly-crusted ball of magma hurtling through space.

We have only one home.
We have this one shot at life, as a people.

When we are all gone there will be nobody to remember us.

So yes - colour me whatever you like, but I will never understand our inability to see beyond the want/need, petty, selfish and ultimately destructive nature of these cultures we enable to thrive, and to 'lead' us.

I fear for my children.
I fear for humanity.

We should be better than this.

We should be wiser.

Other than that - life is pretty good.

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SHADEofJEREMY Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the fave.
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Bernardumaine Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for faving :D
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LiamSharp Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Professional Artist
My pleasure.
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DerekDwyer Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much for the favourite Liam! I'm working on colouring the pages and I hope to do a better job with the Madefire app when the pages are complete =D
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LiamSharp Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Professional Artist
Looking forward to seeing your progress! :-)
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